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  • Is It Time for a Chenin Blanc Reboot?


    by Randy Kemner                                       It’s hard to believe, but at one time Chenin Blanc was the number one white wine varietal in California.  It was an allocated wine before anyone had ever heard of Chardonnay. In 1966, there were 1,970 acres planted to Chenin Blanc in California, and 1,378 acres planted to Chardonnay. In 1976, there […]

  • My Favorite Wine Movies


     by Randy Kemner                        Those of you visiting our store The Wine Country during the past couple years have noticed that our walls are now adorned with framed wine movie posters .  I’m a fan of anything that has to do with wine, flawed or not flawed, and I enjoy watching nearly every one. My colleague […]

  • The Best Tasting Wines in the World


    by Randy Kemner                          Our friend Carl Taylor once observed, “The best tasting wine is ‘vacation wine’.  And the second best is ‘tasting room’ wine.” He’s right, of course.  I can’t tell you the number of times a customer of ours has come back from Italy or France raving about the house wines in out-of-the-way countryside […]